Every few years we as gamers have to fork out a fairly large sum of money to buy some tech that will allow us to participate in our favourite hobby. Buying consoles isn’t cheap – well, it never was – and there’s always a fair amount of internal debate about which console to go for. For me, I’ve always generally stuck with Sony. I’ve supported them, enjoyed their consoles, and loved the exclusives. But this isn’t about that, it’s about ignoring all the sensible rules about consumerism and diving into frivolity.
I remember long ago that all I wanted was a Gameboy Colour just to play Pokémon Crystal. I was so taken by the images, adverts and Pokémon in this game that I knew I just had to play it. I begged my parents for months who finally bought the handheld and game for my birthday. I rocked this game solo for months. I didn’t even buy a second game until I had the handheld for 5/6 months. This isn’t even the only time. Before I considered myself a typical gamer, I wanted to play the follow up to Metal Gear Solid. I had no real intention of being a diehard gamer before that, so when I got my PS2 to play MGS: Subsistence, I was hooked on the game, the console, and a born Sony fan.
Next came the previous generation. This was a no-brainer for me. I went with PS3. I trusted it, I knew it would right by me and it did. However, I landed up buying an Xbox 360 later on so I could finally play the Gears games. What I didn’t expect is how much I wouldn’t like them. I tried so hard to like the console, but it gave me issues and I’ve not touched mine in about two years. My final console moment was with the Wii U. At the time Toys R Us was having a massive sale so I bought one. My reason this time: ZombiU. To this day I still refer to my Wii U console as the ZombiU console. It’s the only game I repeatedly play on it and refuse to delete.
So those are my experiences with consoles and the one specific game that got me to buy them. Do you have any similar stories to share?